The Washington Redskins had no way of knowing that Murphy would be the 12th man for the Dallas Cowboys. Murphy imposed his famous Murphy’s Law. At the beginning of the game, the Redskins defense played brilliantly stopping the Cowboys offense by putting them in “3rd and long” the first four times the Cowboys had the ball. The Redskins offense committed four turnovers that ended possible scoring drives and gave the football back to the Dallas offense. As the Redskins defense became fatigued after being on the field too long, former Redskins running back Alfred Morris helped the Cowboys to be victorious with 127 rushing yards on 27 carries and a touchdown.
Murphy’s Law started when Jamison Crowder let a perfect pass go through his hands into a Cowboys defenders hands for an interception in the red zone. Later Murphy caused Jamison Crowder to fumble on a return that was recovered by the Cowboys. Maybe Murphy did not like the “color rush” uniforms the Redskins wore. Fumbles, mistakes, penalties at the worst time and four turnovers caused the Redskins defeat. Of course, momentum was with the Cowboys who played well, especially on defense. Demarcus Lawrence of the Cowboys spent almost as much time in the Redskins backfield as Samaje Perine.
It just wasn’t the Redskins day. Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions that weren’t his fault. One happened when Jamison Crowder failed to catch a perfect pass and the other interception was caused by a Cowboys defender deflecting the pass. Here are some of the statistics from the game: The Cowboys had 21 first downs and the Redskins had 15. The Cowboys had 182 rushing yards to the Redskins 52 yards. The Redskins received 7 penalties to the Cowboys 3 penalties, thus causing the Redskins to lose almost twice the yardage than the Cowboys lost. Dallas committed no turnovers and took care of the football while the Redskins gave it away 4 times. Time-of-possession was won by the Cowboys 32:28 to 27:32 and Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked 4 times.
The Washington Redskins have no realistic chance of making the playoffs even if they win their last 4 games. However, I believe this team has character and will fight hard in the remaining games. In truth, the main cause of this being a losing season was the huge amount of injuries. Obviously, the Redskins defense is vastly improved under Greg Manusky and Jim Tomsula. Wide receiver Josh Doctson is proving he was a good 1st-round pick by former General Manager Scot McCloughan. Behind a patchwork offensive line all season long, Kirk Cousins showed he is an NFL Top Five quarterback.
Many fans will want a coaching change and there may be one at the end of the season. I am sure the players know they are playing for their jobs and this team needs to finish with pride. The sad thing to me is this team could have had a great playoff year with the talent on both sides of the ball if not for the injuries, mistakes and shooting themselves in the foot. It’s time to prepare with 10 days to heal up and play the Los Angeles Chargers who are playing good football. They beat the Dallas Cowboys 28 to 6 last Sunday.
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